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Assistant Public Defenders: District XII (Allegany & Garrett Counties)
The Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD) seeks a dynamic, dedicated, and client-centered litigators to serve as an Assistant Public Defender in our District 12 office representing clients in Allegany and Garrett Counties. Assistant Public Defenders combine their demonstrated dedication to the representation of indigent clients with their strong litigation skills to provide exceptional representation. The attorneys in these positions are expected to work independently in managing an active caseload, while simultaneously working in a team-oriented environment focused on a client-centered approach to representation. OPD will consider candidates at all experience levels for this position. Attorneys in our District 12 offices are primarily assigned to a specific county with the understanding that all attorneys may be called upon to assist in the other county as staffing is needed. The start date for these positions are flexible but ideally will be no later than late fall 2022.

Primary responsibilities:
  • Passionate and zealous representation of clients charged with criminal and traffic matters at every stage of the criminal process including but not limited to: bail review proceedings, bench trials in District Court, appeals of misdemeanor matters to Circuit Court, jury trials in Circuit Court, violation of probation hearings, drug court proceedings, and modification of sentence hearings. Attorneys in District 12 may also provide representation to juveniles in delinquency matters as well as to parents in Child In Need of Assistance (CINA) proceedings.
  • Ability to competently and resourcefully prepare for and manage an active caseload.
  • Effectively and compassionately communicate with clients, colleagues, and service providers to ensure optimal outcomes for clients. 
  • Continuously seek professional and personal development through trainings, continuing legal education, and trial skills courses.
  • Ensure clients are consistently heard and respected. 
Core Competencies and Requirements:
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving communities who have been pushed to the margins. 
  • Clear dedication to upending systemic racism, prejudice, and unfairness in the criminal justice system.
  • Compassion.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with people with different backgrounds and lived experiences. 
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, diverse, team-oriented environment.
  • Exceptional organizational, legal, and administrative skills necessary to handle a high caseload.
  • Some criminal trial experience or exposure is preferred.
  • Active membership in good standing in the Maryland Bar or Bar of another state. OPD will consider recent law school graduates who sat for the February 2022 bar examination. If selected, offers will be extended contingent on membership to the bar in advance of the start date. Preference in the selection process will be given to candidates that are already a member of the bar. Attorneys barred in another state must become a member of the Maryland bar within 18 months of the start date.
Position: Assistant Public Defenders: District XII (Allegany & Garrett Counties)
Organization: Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Location: Cumberland,  MD 
United States
Salary: Dependent on Experience
Posting Start Date: 5/17/2022
Date Posted: 4/29/2022
Requirements If you wish to be considered for this position please click here to fill out the application and please submit the following items in one email to opd-jobs.law@maryland.gov: (1) current resume, (2) cover letter addressing the above qualifications, (3) a list of references, (4) transcript (if candidate graduated law school within the past 3 years), and (5) writing sample. In the subject line of the email please indicate “APD, Western Maryland.”  Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Closing Date: June 23, 2022
The Maryland Office of the Public Defender is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourage people historically underrepresented in the practice of law to apply.  Assistant Public Defenders are full-time employees who serve at the pleasure of the Public Defender. Criminal Procedure Art., Section 16-203(d). Assistant Public Defenders cannot engage in the private practice of law while in this position.
Status: This listing expires on: 7/28/2022
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Organization Information
Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Recruitment Division
30 N Mechanic Street
Cumberland,  MD 21502
United States
(410) 691-1530
Marie Figueroa Ocasio